Q: You click on an advertisement on a website and your computer freezes. A message appears demanding you pay $$ to unlock your computer? What is this type of attack called?
A: Ransomware. This type of attack targets institutions that especially need to recover their data ASAP. Be aware of the site that you have gone to is a legitimate and secured website and avoid clicking on ads.
Q: True or false: Automatically updating your machine poses a significant security concern, as it could install unwanted programs/features that disrupt your network or harm your computer.
A: False. Although updates can occasionally cause problems, they also contain vital patches to help protect your machine against attackers. Keep your machine up-to-date and install new patches as soon as possible
Q: Passwords often have complex requirements. What is the best way to help you keep track of all these different passwords?
A: Use a password manager. These are apps, devices, or cloud services that store your passwords in an encrypted vault that can only be unlocked with a single master password.
Use a “password pattern.” This is simply a pattern (recognizable only to you) that you can use to help remember your passwords.
Q: What is the estimated cost of a successful phishing attack on a single small or medium-sized business?
A: $1.6 million USD
Q: Which United States federal agency has been tasked with improving national cybersecurity and protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure?
A: The Department of Homeland Security. Specifically, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which is responsible for protecting the Nation’s critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats.
Q: After clicking an Ad on an unsecured website, your computer freezes. A message appears demanding money to unlock your computer. What type of attack is this?
A: RANSOMEWARE This type of attack has grown more common in recent years, especially targeting businesses that need to recover data ASAP, such as Healthcare.
Q: True or False: Although mobile devices operate similarly to computers, they do not require anti-virus to be secure.
A: False. Almost all consumer devices, especially cell phone, and tablets, are simply miniature computers. They contain important data (contacts, financial information, calendars) and require protection like any other device.
Q: You post a pic on your favorite social platform and change your mind about sharing it and take it down. Will this ensure no one else sees the image ever again?
A: Absolutely not! Once an image (or any information) is posted on the internet, it is virtually impossible to remove it from circulation. Taking it off of your social media page will help, but there is no guarantee that others have not already seen it and/or downloaded it to their own machines.
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